Summer Reading List 2012 | Week 4

What would summer be without a good reading list? Throughout the summer BGSU faculty, staff and students will share their picks for best summer reading. We hope you find time to read some of the selections and share your thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of the page!


Also consider the 2012 BGSU Common Read, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean by Tori Murden McClure.

Jeffrey Showell, Ph.D.
College of Musical Arts

A strong imagination and the ability to live largely on internal resources, both of which one gets from reading, are essential not only to creativity, but to maturity. A good book (whatever good actually means!) fuels your imagination, broadens your vocabulary, improves your mind, and makes you more self sufficient, all while you have a great time.

These are some of my favorite books:

  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
    The book's drift is that it is intrinsically important, both to the world and to an individual, that he/she do something absolutely as well as possible. I think our students need to know that.  
  • Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
    Two of my favorite topics, the self-reliance and stoicism of the old west, and “going home” to Montana.
  • The Proud Tower by Barbara Tuchman
    All about the strange and bizarre things happening around the world near the beginning of the 20th century.
  • Chiefs by Stuart Woods
    The taming of racism over a period of three generations in a small Georgia town.
  • Any novel written by Carl Hiassen (the earlier, the better—not his recent books for children)
    Strip Tease
    Double Whammy
    I love Hiaasen because of his sense of the absurd, inspired by Florida politics and culture.

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